Dairy Arts Center


Our Visual Arts Program is accessible to everyone through our 27 annual art exhibitions and receptions that are free to the public. These exhibitions present local, national and international artists, including monthly youth and adult workshops based on current exhibitions. We curate four gallery spaces with juried, rotating exhibitions in our McMahon Gallery, the Polly Addison Gallery, the MacMillan Family Lobby and the Hand-Rudy Gallery. The Visual Arts Program is also responsible for planning and facilitating a variety of associated events, including free receptions for each exhibition, visual art workshops in a variety of mediums for adults, teens, and children in the community who are interested in the unique educational benefits the visual arts offer, as well as regular free visual arts lectures for the Boulder community at large. The galleries are free and open to the public Monday-Sunday, from 2pm-6pm.

Visual Arts Events

Creative Nations Sacred Space and Native Artists Exhibition Opening

The Dairy Arts Center is happy to announce the opening of the Creative Nations Sacred Space–a permanent, dedicated space for Indigenous artists at the Dairy Arts Center–on Friday, September 16th from 6 PM to 8 PM. The opening will begin with a traditional blessing officiated by Harvey Spoonhunter to officially open the space at 6

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Water is Life Opening Reception

September 23rd 5:00pm – 8:00pm Participating Artists: Nicole Salimbene, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Zeke Peña, Theresa Clowes, JayCee Beyale, Kendall Rose Kippley Come meet the artists! The opening reception is free and open to the public. “ The Water is Life project will serve as a bridge to unite community members in Boulder and the Desert Southwest

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Water is Life Opening Night Panel Discussion

September 23rd, 4:00 – 5:30pm, Carsen Theater in Dairy Arts Center Join exhibiting artists, grass-roots organizers, and scientists from CU Boulder’s Mountain Research Station in a panel discussion about water conservation, collective water use, our spiritual connection to the shared waters of the world, as well as how the art on view speaks to these

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Traveling Exhibition Closing Reception

Join us for one last look at Traveling Exhibition with a casual closing reception in our lobby and McMahon Gallery. Artists will be in attendance. The works on view speak to our human desire to travel and our ability to reflect experiences through art making that at one time inspire us and at another moment

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Current Exhibitions


HOMELANDS September 16th – November 26th Guest Curated by: Robert Martinez (Northern Arapaho) and Bruce Cook (Haida/Arapaho) Participating Artists: Karen Box, Bruce Cook, Ron Howard, Brent Learned, George Curtis Levi, Robert Martinez, Eugene Ridgley Jr., Jackie Sevier  Featuring Contemporary Indigenous Artists with historical ties to the Colorado Area, HOMELANDS will exhibit their diverse creations bringing

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Water is Life

Water is Life Co-Curated by JayCee Beyale September 23rd – November 19th, 2022 Opening Reception September 23rd 5:00pm – 8:00pm Participating Artists: JayCee Beyale, Theresa Clowes, Kendall Rose Kippley, Zeke Peña, Nicole Salimbene, and Anna Tsouhlarakis “Water doesn’t discriminate, but people do. How do we make this a human need rather than a demographic need?”

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Marcus Murray

Marcus MurraySnapshots of Black History Month Marcus Murray Digital Illustration Left to Right: Magic, Spirit, Ancestors, Afro On view along the North wall of The Dairy Arts Center’s main entrance: June – September, 2022   This work was developed in February 2022 to celebrate Black History Month as part of Murray’s collaborative drawing challenge launched

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Autumn T. Thomas – Dark Side of The Moon

Autumn T. ThomasDark Side of the Moon Autumn T. Thomas Dark Side of the Moon, 2019 Wood, Copper, Cement, Resin 72″ x 48″ x 12″   On view on the Dairy’s Palmer Terrace: June – September   Dark Side of the Moon is an Afrofuturistic self-portrait and a reflection of the ways in which I

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Natascha Seideneck

Natascha Seideneck – Outlandish Redux Caruso Lounge, Dairy Arts Center, West Entrance March 31st, 2022 –  This re-installation of works produced for Outlandish (presented as part of Brutal Realities, Jan 17 – Feb. 23, 2020), a two person exhibition with Regan Rosburg, is a playful composition of works from two bodies of Seideneck’s work, Uncanny

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Jodi Stuart – Nested Rhomboids

Jodi Stuart Nested Rhomboids Jodi Stuart Nested Rhomboids ABS Plastic, Nylon Filament 120″ x 60″ x 72″ On view in the Dairy’s West Entrance Jodi Stuart explores the aesthetic of the digital technologies which saturate our lives, in relation to tactile and sensory experience. Stuart subverts the materials and tools of high-tech culture through her

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MARCH 2020

As of today, 3/12/2020, The Dairy Arts Center remains open and operational. Should scheduling changes occur, ticket holders will be directly notified by The Dairy Arts Center.

If you have a question about an event please contact the presenting arts organization. For films, Dairy Presents and all other questions contact the Box Office at 303.440.7826